THE organisation of fishery research in the U.S.S.R. is the subject of a brief but highly important article by Prof. B. S. Ilyin in the current issue of the Journal du Conseil (9, No. 3. Conseil Permanent International pour l'Exploration de la Mer. Andr. Fred Host et Fils, Copenhague. December 1934). The Scientific Institute of Marine Fisheries, formerly the Central Scientific Institute of Fisheries (Moscow), and the State Institute of Oceanography (Moscow) have been united under the name of the “Union Scientific Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography”. The new Institute is designed to function as a planning, guiding and co-ordinating centre for the activities of the numerous fishery stations situated around the coasts of the U.S.S.R. Its purpose is to promote the welfare of the fisheries by acquiring data concerning marine biological and oceanographical phenomena, and intelligently applying the results. In this connexion the formation of an economic section is of especial interest and importance in view of present events and tendencies in the fishing industry of Great Britain. The Institute will issue three series of publications-Transactions, Records and Bulletins-all in Russian, but the first two will be furnished with English, French or German summaries. The address of the Institute is Moscow, Verkhne Krasnoselskaya 17.
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